American Rescue Workers eBay sales benefits programs

Due to the tremendous need to raise funds in support of their homeless and hunger prevention programs, the American Rescue Workers (ARW) have an eBay site where people from all over the world can bid on anything ranging from a Shirley Temple doll to a Gucci handbag.

According to Colonels Sam and Dawn Astin, co-commanding officers of the American Rescue Workers, proceeds from their eBay sales support the operating expenses of the ARW outreach to families in need in Lycoming and Clinton Counties.

The American Rescue Workers maintain shelters at 643 Elmira St. and at the Saving Grace Shelter, 324 Campbell St.

They also operate The Love Center, a soup kitchen and social service center, located at Allegheny and Howard Streets in Jersey Shore.

“Here’s your chance to visit our eBay site and bid on glass, china, pottery, collectibles, dolls, toys, jewelry, linens, vintage clothing and so much more,” said Colonel Sam Astin, who also is the head auctioneer at the American Rescue Workers “People Helping People” live charity auction that is held at 643 Elmira St., two to three times a year.

“There’s no need to wait until the next live fall auction to snap up great deals. Simply visit, scroll down to eBay, click on ‘View our Listings’ and click on the item that interests you. Consumers can avail themselves to everything from McCoy pottery, depression glass, Princess House crystal, sports memorabilia, vintage dolls to jewelry, quilts, vintage clothing, books and more. We have nearly 200 items up for auction at any given time with new additions posted daily,” said Gary Johnson, director of eBay sales at the ARW, .

According to Colonel Dawn Astin, there are many ways the public can aid the less fortunate in the area. They can make purchases at any one of the ARW’s thrift stores in Williamsport, Lock Haven, Jersey Shore, Mifflinburg, Milton, Canton and Selinsgrove.

Additionally, they can attend live auctions or visit the eBay sites.

Colonel Dawn Astin said the American Rescue Workers also issued an appeal for gently used clothing and good used furniture. Anyone who would like their clothing – as well as good used furniture – picked up at their home should call the American Rescue Workers at 323-8401 ext. 110 to arrange for a pick-up.

Visit and scroll down to truck stations/donations, to find the nearest truck pick-up location.